Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.
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I am writing this letter in support of the ISD 200 bond vote. Having lived in Hastings for the past 24 years, I am continually amazed at the number of students who return to Hastings to raise their families. I believe they do this to be closer to family, enjoy a better quality of life and take advantage of the amazing schools that we have in Hastings.
Can someone please explain to me what is going on at the Hastings City offices? It seems numerous people have left or been fired within the past three years affecting not only the individuals, but also their families. Sylvia Kelly Hastings Strong community needs strong schools
I attended the Hastings City Council meeting Monday, Oct. 2. I took the floor during the comments from audience portion of the agenda. While expressing my concern about the leadership in Hastings and the decisions that are made affecting our city, I was quickly interrupted and not allowed to continue. Apparently criticism is not welcome in an open forum at council meetings. In their defense, it was quite personal, but to me, quite necessary. The concerns that I was trying to relay to our council are the large number of firings, forced and voluntary departures from city positions. Also, the subsequent cost, not only in human value, but the expense to the Hastings city taxpayers in legal fees and lawsuits. Our community needs to get involved to help change these issues. After all, it is our community.
Police are asking for the public's help to find a vulnerable Hastings woman who has not been seen for two days. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Friday that Amanda Jean Olson, 22, left her home about 2 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, and had not been seen or heard from since then. She has cognitive and developmental delays, the BCA said. Olson has a history of being away from home for periods of time, but authorities are more concerned because she has not communicated with family or friends. Her cellphone appears to be turned off, and she is without her medication.
The Hastings High School Raiders Marching Band will host a marching clinic for students in grades 7-9 from 4:45-5:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at Todd Field. Students will learn a few basic marching steps, pep band tunes and get to perform with the state champion Raiders. To register, email Emily Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org . After the clinic, the Raiders will perform their show "Frankenstein" after the clinic at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at Todd Field. Admission is free.
Hundreds of raptor enthusiasts, many wielding binoculars and long-lens cameras, gathered at Carpenter Nature Center Saturday, Sept. 16, to "ahhh!" and cheer rehabilitated birds' return to the wild. The dramatic return to flight for several raptors, including hawks and a bald eagle, was the main attraction for the University of Minnesota Raptor Center's raptor release event at Carpenter.
I want to talk about public education because I support public education. This came when I was in a bad school district growing up that pushed me from school to school. My mom tried to get me into the private school my sisters attended, but the school refused as apparently I did not fit their "one-child-fits-all" philosophy. The savior was open-enrollment into a nearby school district, which I am thankful for every day.
Visitor to the LeDuc Historic Estate last weekend watched cannons fire, listened to Civil War-era music and learned about life during the war for soldiers and citizens. The LeDuc hosted its Civil War Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, providing a glimpse of life in a Union Army encampment through a number of demonstrations and speeches.
A motorcyclist was killed Wednesday, Sept. 6, in a head-on crash on Highway 55 in Rosemount. Clive Christian Jorgensen, 57, of Eagan, was killed after his motorcycle collided with a Chevy Malibu at 7:29 p.m. near the intersection with County Road 42, the State Patrol said. According to the State Patrol, Jorgensen was eastbound on Highway 55 when he swerved to avoid a box truck that was westbound and turning south onto County Road 42. Jorgensen's Yamaha motorcycle then struck the Malibu, which was westbound in the Highway 55 bypass lane.
A woman was shot repeatedly and a suspect was arrested after a standoff with authorities late Sunday in Farmington, police said.